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Food supply sufficient until yearend

The country has enough food supply until yearend despite the series of typhoons that affected agricultural areas, the Department of Agriculture said yesterday.

DA Undersecretary Ariel Cayanan, who represented the agency in the weekly discussion of offices in the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), said in a virtual presser that there is continuous food productivity and price stability in the market.

“Though we’ve experienced strong typhoons in October and November, our food supply is enough,” he said.

Cayanan presented data from the Rice Supply Outlook that showed a projection that the country’s food supply would last for more than 80 days, or almost three months after 2020.

“According to our projections, we still have 85 to 88 days after this year ends. This is good because the dry season has already started and we are expecting to harvest by end of February,” Cayanan said.

But the DA said that pork supply took a dip, forecasting a seven-day deficit for December 2020.

Agriculture Undersecretary for livestock William Medrano earlier said there is usually a contraction of supply on agricultural commodities, that results in higher prices of goods toward the end of the year.

Pork products, particularly ham, are among the most consumed during the period.

Meanwhile, the Broiler Supply Outlook of the DA saw a significant projection with an 86-day forecast of supply of poultry products to last after the end of 2020.

“The supply is manageable,” Cayanan said.

The fishery sector, on the other hand, reflected low output due to closed fishing season orders but the latest data showed no negative projection on its supply. He also noted the price hike on several vegetable produce due to low supply after the typhoons devastated farmlands yielding common crops, such as chili, onion, and garlic.*PNA

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